Manuel Melle-Franco

Principal Researcher

CV and Research

Manuel Melle-Franco was born in Lugo (Spain) in 1972 and has a 5-year degree in Physical-Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and an M.Sc. in Materials Chemistry from the University of Kent (UK). Manuel worked one year in the Materials Department of the University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy) with Gianfranco Pacchioni and got his PhD in Chemical Physics with Alan Chadwick from the University of Kent (UK) in 2001.

After that, he joined the group of Francesco Zerbetto in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Bologna (Italy) for 8 years, and later he moved to Portugal, where he worked as an independent researcher in the University of Porto and University of Minho. He currently works in CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, at the University of Aveiro as a principal researcher. 

Manuel leads the Applied Computer Modelling Lab which uses computer models to understand experimental problems in chemistry, physics, molecular biology and materials science, especially focusing on carbon-based molecules and nanomaterials. Manuel has 120 accepted publications, of which 325% as first/corresponding author, with an added impact factor ~ 1000.

Manuel has several works in a variety of high visibility journals such as:

Nature, J. Am. Chem. Soc.* (x10); Angewandte Chemie* (x10); Nano Letters* (x3); ACS Nano (x2); Nature Communications*; Small; Small Methods (x2)  BioMaterials; Journal of Materials Chemistry A; PNAS; Chemical Science* (x3); Carbon (x4); ACS Appl Mater Interfaces (x4); Nano Research; NanoScale (x4); Chem. Comm.* (x6); Organic Letters* (x7); Chem. Eur. J.* (x5); Environmental Microbiology; J. Chem. Theo. Comp. (x2); Journal of Materials Chemistry C (x2) among others, in addition to Nature Nanotechnology* (x2) review N&V pieces (*: corresponding author). 

Manuel's work has been highlighted in general media, such as radio and newspapers, and in several specialized outlets like Nature Reviews Chemistry, Chemistry World (x7), Physics World (x3), Chemistry Views (x4), SynFacts (x2),   and Computational Chemistry Highlights.

Selected Publications up to 2018 (click to go the article)

  1. Iglesias, Daniel, Manuel Melle-Franco, Marina Kurbasic, Michele Melchionna, Michela Abrami, Mario Grassi, Maurizio Prato, and Silvia Marchesan. “Oxidized Nanocarbons-Tripeptide Supramolecular Hydrogels: Shape Matters!” ACS Nano, May 22, 2018. doi:10.1021/acsnano.8b01182. IF=13.94, Q1, Comp-Exp.
  2. Cortizo-Lacalle, Diego, Juan Pedro Mora-Fuentes, Karol Strutynski, Akinori Saeki, Manuel Melle-Franco*, and Aurelio Mateo-Alonso. “Monodisperse N-Doped Graphene Nanoribbons Reaching 7.7 Nm in Length.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, In-press. doi:10.1002/anie.201710467. IF=11.7. 
  3. Carini, Marco, Marta P. Ruiz, Imanol Usabiaga, José A. Fernández, Emilio J. Cocinero, Manuel Melle-Franco, Ismael Diez-Perez, and Aurelio Mateo-Alonso. “High Conductance Values in π-Folded Molecular Junctions.” Nature Communications 8 (May 18, 2017): 15195. doi:10.1038/ncomms15195. IF=11.3. 
  4. Marco, A. Belen, Diego Cortizo-Lacalle, Iñigo Perez-Miqueo, Giovanni Valenti, Alessandro Boni, Jan Plas, Karol Strutyński, et al. “Twisted Aromatic Frameworks: Readily Exfoliable and Solution-Processable Two-Dimensional Conjugated Microporous Polymers.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition, January 1, 2017, in-press. doi:10.1002/anie.201700271. IF=11.7.
  5. Melle-Franco, Manuel. “Graphene Fragments: When 1 + 1 Is Odd.” Nature Nanotechnology advance online publication (February 13, 2017). doi:10.1038/nnano.2017.9. IF=35.3.
  6. Melle-Franco, M., “Uthrene, a Radically New Molecule?” Chemical Communications 51, no. 25 (2015): 5387–90, doi:10.1039/C5CC01276G. IF=6.3.
  7. Höfinger, S., Melle-Franco, M., Gallo, T., Cantelli, A., Calvaresi, M., Gomes, J.A.N.F., Zerbetto, F., “A Computational Analysis of the Insertion of Carbon Nanotubes into Cellular Membranes” Biomaterials 32, no. 29 (October 2011): 7079–85, doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.06.011. IF=8.56.

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Ongoing Supervisions

Projects

Publications

A Crystalline 1D Dynamic Covalent Polymer

De Bolos, E; Martinez-Abadia, M; Hernandez-Culebras, F; Haymaker, A; Swain, K; Strutynski, K; Weare, BL; Castells-Gil, J; Padial, NM; Marti-Gastaldo, C; Khlobystov, AN; Saeki, A; Melle-Franco, M; Nannenga, BL; Mateo-Alonso, A
2022, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 144, 34, 15443-15450.

An Expanded 2D Fused Aromatic Network with 90-Ring Hexagons

Riano, A; Strutynski, K; Liu, M; Stoppiello, CT; Lerma-Berlanga, B; Saeki, A; Marti-Gastaldo, C; Khlobystov, AN; Valenti, G; Paolucci, F; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A
2022, ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 61, 2.

Clathrate structure of polymerized fullerite C-60

Laranjeira, J; Marques, L; Melle-Franco, M; Strutynski, K; Barroso, M
2022, CARBON, 194, 297-302.

Doubling the Length of the Longest Pyrene-Pyrazinoquinoxaline Molecular Nanoribbons

Hernandez-Culebras, F; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A
2022, ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 61, 27.

Inducing Single-Handed Helicity in a Twisted Molecular Nanoribbon

Dubey, RK; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A
2022, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 144, 6, 2765-2774.

Observing polymerization in 2D dynamic covalent polymers

Zhan, GL; Cai, ZF; Strutynski, K; Yu, LH; Herrmann, N; Martinez-Abadia, M; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A; De Feyter, S
2022, NATURE, 603, 7903, 835-+.

Planar and Helical Dinaphthophenazines

Chen, F; Melle-Franco, M; Mateo-Alonso, A
2022, JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 87, 12, 7635-7642.

Thermoelectric Properties of N-Type Poly (Ether Ether Ketone)/Carbon Nanofiber Melt-Processed Composites

Paleo, AJ; Krause, B; Soares, D; Melle-Franco, M; Munoz, E; Potschke, P; Rocha, AM
2022, POLYMERS, 14, 22.

Unravelling the Complete Raman Response of Graphene Nanoribbons Discerning the Signature of Edge Passivation

Milotti, V; Berkmann, C; Laranjeira, J; Cui, WL; Cao, KC; Zhang, YF; Kaiser, U; Yanagi, K; Melle-Franco, M; Shi, L; Pichler, T; Ayala, P
2022, SMALL METHODS, 6, 8.

Cobalt Phosphorous Trisulfide as a High-Performance Electrocatalyst for the Oxygen Evolution Reactiony

Oliveira, FM; Pastika, J; Mazanek, V; Melle-Franco, M; Sofer, Z; Gusmao, R
2021, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 13, 20, 23638-23646.
ISBN: 1944-8252

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